Crashes? They Can Be Cool

"Real" NASCAR fans swear that they love the sport in spite of the crashes, not because of them. Whatever. There may be a measure of truth to that lie, but, well, crashes are cool. And really, since Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s death in 2001, NASCAR has made so many advances in safety -- to the point that no one racing at NASCAR's top level has died -- that even fearsome-looking crashes are more nuisance than cause for serious alarm.No, the possibility of dying can never be eliminated c ...

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Crashes Can Be Cool

"Real" NASCAR fans swear that they love the sport in spite of the crashes, not because of them.Whatever. There may be a measure of truth to that lie, but, well, crashes are cool. And really, since Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s death in 2001, NASCAR has made so many advances in safety -- to the point that no one racing at NASCAR's top level has died -- that even fearsome-looking crashes are more nuisance than cause for serious alarm.No, the possibility of dying can never be eliminated co ...

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Kevin Harvick Wins Bud Shootout

Kevin Harvick's win in Saturday's Bud Shootout was good news for NASCAR -- and not simply because the fact that 28 cars took the green flag means fans can now focus on something other than the crappy economy and its impact on the sport. Harvick's win was not only impressive -- he started 27th, on the back row, next to Jeff Gordon, hit the outside wall early in the race and lost the draft twice -- but it offers the barest glimmer of hope that perhaps someone, anyone, please -- other than ...

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Tom Cruise Appears on NASCAR Now

NASCAR Now issued a press release to say that Tom Cruise would appear on Friday's show. Excuse me, but, well, does NASCAR or one of its flagship TV shows really want to hitch its wagon to this guy right about now?   Sure, we find ourselves at a messed up point in history where seemingly any connection to Hollywood and Movie Stars and Britney Spears’ nanny’s dog walker is somehow construed as a good thing.It's true, we live in a celebrity culture.  ...

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The Daly Planet Ends Its Run

Well, color me confused -- with the 2009 season less than two weeks away, The Daly Planet, a widely respected and avidly read blog that dissects the finer points of NASCAR TV broadcasts, is ending its two-year run.  While I can appreciate how a person might get burnt on this whole blogging thing, I find myself perplexed at the following:  Priorities are rapidly changing in the world right now. This includes professional sports from top-to-bottom. NASCAR is deeply affec ...

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